THE TOOTH FAIRY

Larry Butterworth

San Diego, United States

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I grew up with the myth of the tooth fairy, I remember the quarters under my pillow in the morning after placing a tooth there the night before. I never ever thought about the appearance of the tooth fairy and never saw any images of it. I thought I would provide my interpretation of the Tooth Fairy and here it is. Thanks for looking. Photomanipulation with original photos and clipart.

There are few details of the tooth fairy’s appearance that are consistent in various versions of the myth. A 1984 study conducted by Rosemary Wells revealed that most, 74 percent of those surveyed, believed the tooth fairy to be female, while 12 percent believed the tooth fairy to be neither male nor female and 8 percent believed the tooth fairy could be either male or female.3 When asked about her findings regarding the tooth fairy’s appearance, Wells explained – “You’ve got your basic Tinkerbell-type tooth fairy with the wings, wand, a little older and whatnot. Then you have some people who think of the tooth fairy as a man, or a bunny rabbit or a mouse.”4 One review of published children’s books and popular artwork found the tooth fairy to also be depicted as a child with wings, a pixie, a dragon, a blue mother-figure, a flying ballerina, two little old men, a dental hygenist, a potbellied flying man smoking a cigar, a bat, a bear and others.

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